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R&D spending by the big three in smartphones – Nokia, Google, Apple

A fascinating graphic and the article it is pulled from.

 

 

Nokia led the wireless revolution in the 1990s and set its sights on ushering the world into the era of smartphones. Now that the smartphone era has arrived, the company is racing to roll out competitive products as its stock price collapses and thousands of employees lose their jobs.

This year, Nokia ended a 14-year-run as the world’s largest maker of mobile phones, as rival Samsung Electronics Co. took the top spot and makers of cheaper phones ate into Nokia’s sales volumes.

Nokia is losing ground despite spending $40 billion on research and development over the past decade—nearly four times what Apple spent in the same period.

Instead of producing hit devices or software, the binge of spending has left the company with at least two abandoned operating systems and a pile of patents that analysts now say are worth around $6 billion, the bulk of the value of the entire company.

 

Source: Wall Street Journal - Nokia’s Bad Call on Smartphones

Short films/commercials from Wes Anderson – starring Brad Pitt, Jason Schwartzman

Anderson starred in and directed an American Express “My Life, My Card” commercial, which chronicled the “filming” of an action movie starring Jason Schwartzman. Anderson acts as if he is being interviewed by someone from American Express for the ad, while walking around completing tasks on set, a scene paying homage to the movie “Day for Night” by Francois Truffaut. It was aired on television and in movie theaters in both a short and extended version, during and shortly after the theatrical 2004 release of “The Life Aquatic: with Steve Zissou”.

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Cell phones for Senior Citizens

I love the idea of customizing cell phones for seniors. It is so annoying that they are often the target of over-priced landlines and other monthly service fees.

Here are some cell phones made specifically for seniors: big buttons, big displays, and not-so-fragile.

 

 

 

Read the full articleThe 5 Best Cell Phones For Senior Citizens

California traffic fatalities down 37% – lowest level since 1944

The California Office of Traffic Safety celebrated their fifth year of consecutive declines in traffic related fatalities.

In 2010, the number of fatalities in the Golden State dropped to 2,715.  That is nearly a 12 percent drop from 3,081 traffic deaths in 2009.  And since the peak in 2005, with 4,333 deaths, California’s numbers have declined by more than 37 percent.

The number of traffic fatalities in California have not been this low since 1944, when only one-tenth the number of vehicles were on the road, driving only one-sixteenth the number of miles California drivers traveled in 2010.

via The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

 

A very, very big deal considering that driving is one of the top killers in the U.S.:

  • Heart disease: 599,413
  • Cancer: 567,628
  • Automobiles: 359,000
  • Chronic Respiratory: 137,353
  • Stroke: 128,842

 

Statistics from 2009 reports by the CDC and U.S. Census.

Another report claims that the drop could be due to new cellphone bans, “deaths blamed on drivers using hand-held cellphones were down 47 percent.” via Huffington Post

Wanna stay competitive in today’s cell phone market? – Then buy 24 million iPhones

Earlier this morning, mobile phone carrier Sprint released its 10-K filing with the SEC for the fiscal year ending in December. In the filing, it revealed that it had made a commitment with Apple to purchase a minimum number of iPhones from Apple amounting to $15.5B in outlay.

Horace Dediu of Asymco makes a good case that Sprint’s commitment is somewhere around 23.8 million iPhones.

Sprint previously said that it needed to buy some 30.5 million iPhones over the next few years in order to stay competitive with rival carriers.

T-Mobile even attributed its recent financial troubles directly to it not carrying the device.

via The Next Web

Wanna stay competitive in today's cell phone market? – Then buy 24 million iPhones

Earlier this morning, mobile phone carrier Sprint released its 10-K filing with the SEC for the fiscal year ending in December. In the filing, it revealed that it had made a commitment with Apple to purchase a minimum number of iPhones from Apple amounting to $15.5B in outlay.

Horace Dediu of Asymco makes a good case that Sprint’s commitment is somewhere around 23.8 million iPhones.

Sprint previously said that it needed to buy some 30.5 million iPhones over the next few years in order to stay competitive with rival carriers.

T-Mobile even attributed its recent financial troubles directly to it not carrying the device.

via The Next Web

Data shows smart phones will soon flood the world with pictures, video, and text messaging.

In the last data update, I revealed that social network usage is rising, especially in Russia and Egypt. A good sign for the citizens of those disrupted countries.

Now, we have data on cell phone use and it clearly shows the rise of smart phones in both developed and undeveloped countries.

Japan has the highest smart phone adoption of any country, but it is the near universal adoption of text messaging in Indonesia (96%) that blew me away.

Sending Text Messages

Only 2/3 of Americans use their cell phones to send text messages.

Globally, there are 15 countries with a higher percentage who send text messages on their cell phones

  • 90% or more – Indonesia
  • 80% or more - Kenya, Lebanon, Poland, Mexico, Japan, & China.
  • 70% or more - Britain, Lithuania, France, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, & Spain.

 

Taking Pictures or Video

When it comes to using our cell phones for pictures or video, at least the U.S. is in the top 5.

  • Japan – 72%
  • Mexico – 61%
  • Spain – 59%
  • Egypt – 58%
  • United States, Israel – 57%

 

The mobile internet

In no country do a majority of people use cell phones to regularly access the internet.

  • Israel – 47%
  • Japan – 47%
  • United States – 43%
  • Britain – 38%
  • China 37%

 

*Data is from a Pew Global Poll completed by surveying 1,000 people in each country via the telephone or face-to-face from March-April, 2011.